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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 10 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

  2. Exeter V Liverpool: Tickets set to be available on Friday

    Exeter Express & Echo

    Exeter City and Liverpool fans will have to wait until Friday to find out how to get their hands on the hottest ticket in town. The Grecians were drawn against the seven-time FA Cup winners on Monday evening.

  3. Murder victim's family 'affected forever'

    Hamish Marshall, BBC Spotlight

    The brutal murder of Plymouth builder Tanis Bhandari has "affected his family's lives forever" according to the judge who sentenced two men to life sentences with a minimum of 23 years before they can be considered for parole.

    Tanis Bhandari

    Justice Nigel Teare told killers Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams: "It was an unnecessary and unprovoked attack. A safe village green was turned into a dangerous place."  

  4. Weather latest: Showers continue with heavier bursts overnight

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Low cloud and patchy outbreaks of rain which will continue overnight. A fewer heavier bursts of rain likely at times. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday: Cloudy for much of the day with spells of rain continuing to come and go. It may turn a bit drier and possibly a little brighter to end the day. Maximum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

  5. Government working to protect Appledore Shipyard

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A local MP said the government is doing everything it can to protect the future of the north Devon shipyard, Appledore. 

    Geoffrey Cox MP

    Conservative Geoffrey Cox said: "What is most encouraging of all is the yard itself and Babcock have a vision that includes this yard as a full-functioning shipbuilding yard."

    It follows union claims that a shortage of new work means Appledore is at risk.

  6. Dentist operates on 28 stone gorilla at Paignton Zoo

    BBC Spotlight

    A specialist dentist had to be called in to Paignton Zoo today to give root canal surgery to a 179 kilo silverback western lowland gorilla.

    Pertinax the gorilla

    Pertinax had a fractured tooth which took dentist Peter Kertesz 40 minutes to repair.

    He is one of just a few specialist zoo dentists in the world and has also worked on whales, pandas and elephants. He said: "Animals or people, it’s all the same, they need treatment, they get treatment. The size is what varies and the location. It is all about teamwork."

  7. Police welcome guilty verdict after 'senseless, unprovoked and horrific' murder

    Matt Pengelly

    Local Live

    A senior Devon & Cornwall police officer who investigated the murder of Tanis Bhandari has welcomed today's guilty verdict against Donald Pemberton. 

    Ryan Williams and Donald Pemberton

    The jury at Plymouth Crown Court convicted him on a majority of 11-1. Another defendant, Ryan Williams, changed his plea to guilty at an earlier date. Both have been sentenced to life to serve a minimum of 23 years.

    Det Insp Ian Ringrose said: “This was a senseless, unprovoked and horrific attack on a group of friends celebrating the New Year. Tanis Bhandari lost his life at the age of 27 years and the attack has had a profound impact on the victims, their families, friends and the community.”

  8. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    - Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Tanis Bhandari at Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day 

    - More than 50 children have been given protection by Devon and Cornwall Police after being identified as 'at risk' following a nine-month national campaign into suspected paedophiles 

    - Unions are warning of a crisis in the ambulance service in the South West as large numbers of paramedics quit their jobs 

    - Four people have been convicted of defrauding 18 pensioners - including some from Devon and Cornwall out of hundreds of thousands of pounds A specialist dentist has given a 179 kilo gorilla at Paignton Zoo root canal surgery

  9. Council apologies for delays caused by Threemilestone roadworks

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Engineers at Cornwall Council have apologised for roadworks which are causing huge delays around Threemilestone.

    roadworks

    Some drivers had complained they had been stuck for more than an hour after an exit lane off the A390 from the Threemilestone industrial estate was closed.

    In a statement Cornwall Council apologised and said the exit lane would reopen on Friday, adding: "It's anticipated that permanent traffic lights will be turned on next Thursday."

  10. Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    - There are big problems on the A38 Exeter-bound between Plympton and Lee Mill this evening after a diesel spillage. Traffic is queueing back to Manadon roundabout. Devon and Cornwall Police say the road at Deeplane is expected to be closed for two hours.

    - In Plymstock Dean Hill is blocked in both directions near Berry Park Road due to an accident.

    - Gas mains repairs taking place on Embankment Road in Plymouth are also causing problems outbound.

    - Near Merton the A386 is partially blocked near Ryall's Corner after a crash.

  11. Tanis Bhandari murderers given minimum of 23 years

    BBC Spotlight

    The two men convicted of the New Year's Day murder of a builder from Tamerton Foliot near Plymouth, have been given life sentences.

    Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams

    Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams were sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court to a minimum of 23 years before being considered for parole, for the murder of Tanis Bhandari and other offences.  

  12. Scientists study storm stresses on South West lighthouses

    BBC Spotlight

    A team from Plymouth University has been analysing the stresses and strains faced by lighthouses in the South West.

    The study found some waves reached 40 metres up lighthouses, like Eddystone. 

    Eddystone

    Scientists used remote-controlled video cameras and other hi-tech kit to monitor how the lighthouses responded to storms, including wind speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  

    The study, published in the journalMaritime Engineering, was led by Dr Alison Raby who said: "Although mariners are making ever greater use of satellite-based navigation technologies, the General Lighthouse Authorities recognise the need to retain rock lighthouses as physical aids to navigation."

  13. Tanis Bhandari murder: how Facebook threats preceded attack

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    One of the murderers of Tanis Bhandari had armed himself with knives after exchanging abuse and a series of threats with a man on Facebook, then setting out to find him, a court was told.

    Tanis

    Donald Pemberton told his antagonist: "I'm gonna stab ya liver." The other man responded: "Ready n waiting u maggot," to which Pemberton replied: "U can act hard but you get battered if ya come to me. Let's have a meet."

    Tanis

    When asked by the police about killing 27-year-old Mr Bhandari in the early hours of New Year's Day, Pemberton said his victim could "die all he wants. I don't care." 

    Pemberton, 21, from Plymouth, had denied murder at Plymouth Crown Court. His co-accused, Ryan Williams, 22, of Haydon Grove, St Budeaux, admitted the charge after the trial began.

  14. More than 50 children 'at risk' from internet paedophiles

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    More than 50 children have been identified as at risk and given protection and support by Devon and Cornwall Police as part of a nine-month national campaign to target people who go online to access indecent images of children.

    Det Ch Insp Neil Ralph said: “Targeting offenders who access indecent images of children online influences potential abusers, and their criminal activity, and prevents children becoming victims of sexual abuse."

  15. High winds delay HMS Ocean homecoming

    The homecoming of HMS Ocean to Plymouth has been delayed by high winds.

    HMS Ocean

    The ship was due to sail into Devonport docks this morning at the end of the Royal Navy’s three-month annual amphibious deployment in the Mediterranean but the crew will now wait for a reduction in wind speed.